New Year Cycling Resolutions
07 January 2021 09:24
New Year Cycling resolutions!
- Up the mileage
Lockdown and WFH has given many cyclists the opportunity to get a lot more riding in during 2020. Why not look at what you managed in 2020 and try and add a bit on? Keep a look out on the CCA club forum https://forum.ccashwell.co.uk/ for details on club runs on Wed, Sat & Sun and off-road club runs and TT’s on Wed evening (subject to current government/British Cycling rules). There are lots of virtual club events taking place as well including a Monday night social ride, Tuesday night race league, Thursday evening BC TT and a pop up Sunday virtual club run for those bad weather/lockdown days so plenty of ways to get your mileage up.
With so many events cancelled during 2020 why not make 2021 the year to do a big event. The club hope to be running the classic 3 cafes, Wells-next-the-Sea and the G ride in 2021. These are great days out and worth considering if you’ve never taken part in one of these before.
- Follow a training plan
If you’re planning a big event for next year or thinking of racing then training is a great way to improve performance. Hill repeats, Tabata, rollers, Openers are just a few of the many options or why not take it a step further and get a coach for 2021. The club offers Cyclocross coaching to 1st claim youth and adult members during the winter and grass track sessions to youth during the summer, we hope to restart Monday night roller sessions in Autumn 2021.
- Get off road
There are plenty of bridleways local to us but some can be hard going in winter, I’d recommend an OS map, these now come with digital downloads so you can map out a route and follow it on your cycling computer or phone. I’d avoid Google maps and apps like Komoot as they often show routes on footpaths that you shouldn’t be using with your bike. Chicksands is local and well worth a visit, you can ride the perimeter of the park where there are plenty of technical features or pay £7.50 to go into the bike park. Thetford is also worth a trip but if you want to improve your skills then Hadleigh is a great place to go. If mountain biking or offroad isn’t your thing then how about grass track. The club runs sessions in the summer months on Monday nights with bikes available to hire.
- Enter a race
Covid-19 made a big dent in the 2020 race calendar and with the very latest lockdown measures it looks like 2021 could make it difficult to get the chance to pin a number on your back. Some racing did take place in 2020 though so if you want to get into road racing, time trialling, grass track, Cyclocross, MTB racing, hill climbing or virtual racing on Zwift why not post a message on the forum to get some advice on how to get started.